Box Office: “Dumber To” dominates, “Birdman” cracks the top ten

boxoffice“Dumb and Dumber To” felt like a blockbuster, earning laughs from the audience I saw it with even as I wearied of it at about the 30 minute mark.

It had a big Friday — not epic, but big for a comedy — and appears headed for a weekend win at the box office, besting “Big Hero 6” $36-33 million, according to Deadline.com’s estimates.

Saturday’s the bigger day for an animated film, so “Hero” could pull out the upset. “Interstellar” doesn’t figure, as it is in line for a still-very-healthy $28 million or so.

Apparently, women aren’t making the big movie going decisions this weekend. The very fine genre picture “Beyond the Lights,” perhaps suffering from the low profiles of the stars and the clunky title, is only opening in the $6-8 million range. A love story set against the coarse backdrop of modern hip hop, maybe the music genre is scaring people off. Maybe they’ll show up Saturday. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the bomb, and she’s bound for stardom.

“Birdman” added hundreds of theaters and cracked the top ten, “Gone Girl” has cleared $150 million, and “St. Vincent” is over $30. I think that last figure means that Bill Murray will collect an Oscar nomination, an indie smash (it’s earned three times what “Birdman” has). So all three of those figure in the Academy Awards.

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